Do you hear the voice of Abel? This article continues the theme I began with the article, I Hear Voices. Men and women of old are still speaking. The question to ask is, “Are we listening?”
The Bible tells us that Abel still speaks. Abel was the first human being to die. I assume that he was the first person to be with God in eternity. If he is speaking, I want to hear what he is saying.
By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.
(Hebrews 11:4 ESV)
Notice, first, that the voice of Abel sounds through his faith. Do not miss this. The voices we heeding need to be voices which echo through the megaphone of faith. In a day of media saturation, many voices are occupying our air waves with words that have no root in God. These are not the voices on which we should focus our attention. Instead hear and heed what this man of faith has to say to us.
Abel tells us this, Offer to God a sacrifice that God will accept.
Abel was a keeper of sheep. When God asked for a sacrifice, Abel responded by giving the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions. Abel’s brother, Cain, also offered a sacrifice. However, Cain’s sacrifice was not acceptable to God. Check out this post, Do You Have a Sacrifice to Offer? for what our sacrifice should be. In summary, we come to God with faith in the sacrifice that Jesus made and we also present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice.
Keep in mind that Abel is not saying that doing this means you will be problem-free. In fact, Abel is advising us to do what cost him his life. I find it interesting that Hebrews 11:4 says he died. He did die…at the hand of his brother Cain. He was murdered. God was pleased with Abel, and Abel was murdered. Are you listening? When you sign on with God, you are acknowledging that He has control over life and death for you.
Don’t feel sorry for Abel. Yes, he was the first murder victim in history, but he was also the first person in heaven. When we join all the saints in heaven, it will be Abel who has been there longer than anybody. That is not a bad ending.
Do you hear the voice of Abel? Our response should be that of trusting in the sacrifice Jesus has made on our behalf and presenting our bodies to God. Listen and heed his voice.